One experience that I have found particularly humorous here in Brazil is the simple act of purchasing meat. We are not vegetarians, so this has always been a regular part of our lives. Despite its regularity, Alex has a major dislike (I won't say phobia, and I won't comment as to whether or not that would be an accurate use of the word) of raw meat. If I touch raw meat in the kitchen, my hands must immediately become frozen while my feet carry them straight to the sink where extensive chemical treatment must occur. This same treatment must occur to the entire area within a certain circumference of where this raw flesh has been permitted to reside. Happy wife, happy life. I always do my best to comply to her satisfaction.
Well, buying meat here... is quite a humorous experience. When is the last time it looked like this when you went to buy meat?
I was cracking up laughing inside as I purchased 2 kilos (yep, gotta get used to the metric system) of chicken from the chicken vendor. Her hands were soaking wet with raw chicken juice from putting my chicken into a bag. As I handed her the money, she reached into her pocket and obtained some bills to provide change for me. She graciously handed me the, now wet, bills and thanked me for the purchase. While we made the transaction, she had set my bag of chicken she had filled on top of the pile of raw chicken, so as she handed it to me it was dripping. I smiled and said thank you, and happily left with my change and chicken. I spent the change quickly at a vegetable vendor, without even putting it in my pocket. The wet bag I placed inside a second bag, and things were just about back to normal.
One thing that has been kind of a fun experience, is learning how to buy meat here. Yeah, I know how to say "I want to buy a kilo of beef please," but I have no idea how to ask for the parts of the cow that we would actually know how to eat. In fact, I'm not sure what on earth they do with most of these animal regions.... What would you do?
I think our culture could benefit from trying to use more of the animal. Some of these parts look quite appetizing. What do you think?